New Health Board Chairman Plans to Make City the Hub; New Committee Intends to Bring Back Regional Financial Management of Hospitals

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Byline: John Corlett

ROBERT Miles plans to rebuild Rockhampton as a hub for health care in Central Queensland.

Mr Miles, the recently appointed chairman of Central Queensland's Hospital and Health Board, said yesterday his new committee intended to bring back regional financial management of hospitals.

However, he called for patience and understanding from the community as he guided the region to health reform.

Mr Miles was previously the executive director at the Institute for Regional Sustainable Development at the University of Queensland where he also worked as a principal consultant for the United Nations.

He said local health system managers better understood the unique issues facing their particular region than centralised, distant decision makers.

aI think that if you try to manage (health care) systems centrally, with a single brush that is painted for all, it doesn't meet tailored services that actually make a local difference,a he said. …